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. >>> and now to the efforts to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama returns to washington later today and the senate is due in session, but just about everyone agrees with just five days left, the possibility for a grand bargain to avoid across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts is all but lost, and even prospects for watered down deals seems slim. tara mergener is in washington with more. tara, good morning. >> good morning, duarte. yes. hopes for legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff now turns to the senate, but white house and republicans remain far apart. senators and staffers will be filling these empty hallways today trying to work out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. higher taxes will give the average american about $1,500 less to spend next year, and economists believe the $110 billion spending cuts will result in more layoffs. senator harry reid has a plan to keep taxes low for everyone making less than $250,000 a year as well as short-term spending cuts until a bigger deal can be reached. >> it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everythi
is off today. we're going to start this morning in washington where all eyes on capitol hill as lawmakers try to work out on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the deadline is less than 48 hours away and as to whether they can get it done, the president says he's hopeful. >> i'm modestly ll lly optimis an agreement can be achieved. let's make sure that middle class families and the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> both houses of congress are meeting in a rare sunday session. the house an hour later at 2:00. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin now with the look at a chance for a deal and what's on the table. >> alison, here in washington, there is still hope a deal can be cut in time to avert the fiscal cliff. on saturday, the president was at work here in the white house but all eyes were on the senate where negotiators were trading deal points and revenue figures to try to reach an agreement all sides can stomach. the baseline for the president, any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment insurance that would affect s
reporter has the latest from washington. >> the clock is ticking. negotiations are on going. at this point democrats and republicans remain at odds. >> regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do thought go up that would hurt our economy badly. we can get that done. >> president obama called for immediate action, but there was that vote in the senate tonight. >> we are going to come in at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and we will have further announcements perhaps at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope so. >> mitch mcconnell frustrated with the lack of progress called vice president biden in for help. biden is now said to be playing a direct role. >> there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness or interest or want to close the deal. >> drastic spending cuts will go into affect and taxes go up for everyone. the tax impact for the average american family is more than $3400. senate leaders continue to work on the stop gap bill. the sticking points rema
something happens in washington, d.c. hello to you all and welcome to weekends with alex witt. i'm t.j. holmes filling in for alex. a consequence of history in the nation's capital if congress cannot reach a compromise deal on tax and spending cuts. a short time ago, we were hearing from the president talking about the fiscal cliff negotiations. he spoke exclusively on "meet the press" and he had a message for congress. >> at minimum, make sure people's taxes don't go up and 2 million people don't lose their unemployment. i was modestly hopeful yesterday. now, the pressure is on congress to produce. >> the president responded to what would happen if no agreement is reached and the nation does fall over that cliff. >> if you look at projections of 2013, people generally felt that the economy would continue to grow, unemployment would tick down, housing would continue to improve, but what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. if people start seeing that on january 1st, this problem still hasn't been solved, that we haven't seen the deficit reduction that we coul
with a grand bargain. they're just trying to get something done and fast. president obama back in washington, but can he lead both parties to a compromise fiscal cliff work-around? republicans say democrats have been dragging their feet for months and they won't be pressured into what they considered a bad deal that doesn't help balance the nation's books. >> the president calls congressional leaders to the white house, it's political theater or they have a deal. my bet is it's theater. >> reporter: speaker john boehner hasn't been able to get them to budge on a deal to raise taxes and the name calling is getting ugly. >> the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. >> reporter: and it's true the senate controlled by democrats is working this week, but they're not working on the fiscal cliff. and the house won't even be back to work until sunday, just two days before the ye
washington and colorado. [ laughter ] it does not make sense from a point of view to focus on. [coughing] >> has. >> barbara is trying to resurrect the fume gang. no online show tonight. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for "special report." good night from washington. >> this is the fox report. tonight, we watched it take shape and take aim with you for hours on fox. the christmas day storm with a life-taking punch. and at this hour, the next round is coming. >> have done a lot of damage. people are hurt. >> harris: dozen of twisters slamming a dozen states. >> look at them. >> i have never seen one in real life. it's pretty amazing. >> harris: amazing, but very dangerous. tonight, the destruction unleashed from the sky. and the same storm system dumping snow and creating havoc for drivers. >> i don't care to go back through it. >> harris: flying isn't much of an option with hundreds of flights now cancelled. we will show you where the storm is headed next. this is a fox news weather center. i'm harris faulkner in tonight for shepard smith. we are tracking what h
't forget to check out my blog on the "washington post." now it's time for lawrence o'donnell.peace. that's it for tonight. see you tomorrow. check out my work at "washington post" at wonkblog.com. "first look" is up next. >>> right now on "first look," heavy snow, thunderstorms, freezing rain and high winds serving up a nightmare for stranded holiday travelers. >>> president obama aboard air force one right now racing back to washington to try to lead us away from the fiscal cliff. >>> former president george h.w. bush in intentive care. we'll have the latest on that. >>> a vigil for firefighters, a tornado in action and december surfing in the great lakes. good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. a powerful winter storm that brought an odd mix of tornadoes, heavy winds and snow to the nation's midsection is now wreaking havoc on the northeast. snow and sleet have produced treacherous road conditions from pennsylvania and western new york to maine with more than a foot of snow expected in some areas. this storm so far being blamed for at least six deaths. and as nbc's kurt gregory reports, t
'm not going to say it. >> you are in our hearts. you can tell us what's going on in washington. what's going on in washington? >> bad dynamics. >> really? >> those of us optimistic there'd be a deal. the white house has blasted boehner's offer as much as the republicans blasted the president's. people like to say, oh, they're going to posture, but behind the scenes they're working it out. they're not. >> i hear chuck todd reported yesterday behind the scenes a top aide to barack obama, willie geist. and this -- i don't -- i'm not really good at reading the tea leaves. maybe this is good, maybe this is bad. but a top obama aide yesterday told chuck todd that if the republicans -- if these republicans were in power when abraham lincoln were there, there would still be slavery. does that help the process move along? or does it hurt? i don't really know -- >> reading between the lines. >> i know one direction, i know boy bands. >> reading between the lines, that's probably a bad omen. we do have four weeks, though. >> that's bad. >> absolutely. we have, i believe, we have 27 negotiating days. un
of the fiscal cliff. the senate back in session but so far all that is getting debated in washington is who is at fault. >> we wanted an agreement. but we had no takers. >> millions of middle class families are nervously watching and waiting and counting down the moments. >> harris: and we don't have many moments left. tonight, the president back in washington. will they cut a last minute deal. and if washington can't get it done we could feel the pinch in our first pay check of the new year. snow and sleet making for some very dangerous driving. >> i have seen ten cars in an accident. >> i saw a jackknifed tractor trailer. >> i saw a lexus fly into a ditch. it is pretty slippery out there. >> and flying not much better. >> we got on the plane and sat for three hours. >> harris: tonight, a monster storm on the move. i'm harris faulkner in tonight for shepard smith. the impending fiscal cliff that stands to affect the first pay check you get next month unless, of course, lawmakers can find a solution. today the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said there is still time to work out a dea
. >> president owe pa ma returns to washington today with five days to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> all eyes will be on the senate after house republicans said it's up to senate leadership to reach a deal. >>> starbucks is urging action asking baristas in his washington, d.c., cafes to write the word "come together" on the cups. >> a new york newspaper facing backlash after it published the names and addresses of local gun owners. >>> a busy shanghai shopping center a shark tank exploded. >>> the windy city of chicago will sport america's most expensive parking meters. >> what do you think about that? >> too much. >> all that -- >> smith catches, shoots puts it up, puts it in at the buzzer! j.r. smith with another game winner! >>> what is your favorite app? >> scrabble. >> sometimes i want to yank that out of your hands. >> and all that matters. >> an endangered thin backed whale watched up on the breezy point section of queens. >> on "cbs this morning." >> i know he's smiling but that medal hanging around his neck there's a 40% chance he'll hang himself with it. captionin
doocy is live in our washington newsroom with more on that. so what is the state department's explanation, peter? >> reporter: jon, last week on december 19th the state department spokeswoman, victoria knew land put out a statement said in plain english their accountability review board that looked to what happened in benghazi on september 11th had flagged the performance of four officials. this is a quote. the secretary has accepted eric bosswell's decision to resign assistant secretary for diplomatic security effective immediately. the other three individuals have been relieved of their current duties. all four individuals have been placed on administrative leave pending further action. but, the "new york post" is now reporting that eric bosswell has not resigned and all four of those stated department employees are still on the state department's payroll. >> just shifted the deck chairs and they want to make the american people believe that the state department has held people accountable for their lack of security and sending help to four brave americans. this is incredi
. president obama is cutting short his holiday in hawaii. he's flying back to washington tonight as the clock ticks toward the fiscal cliff. nancy cordes is with the president in honolulu. nancy? >> reporter: jim, the president is trading the sand for snowy washington. he'll be back in the nation's capital by mid-morning tomorrow, and most of the u.s. senate will be attempting to get back there by then, as well. but house leaders have not given their members the signal to return to washington and say they won't until the u.s. senate passes a bill to avert the fiscal cliff. as the president wrapped up his vacation, federal workers trickled back into the nation's capital. but the only people who can avert the fiscal cliff, members of the house and senate, have not returned, and, in just six days, a 2% payroll tax is set to expire, along with the bush era tax cuts, shrinking the average workers' paycheck in 2013 by about $1,500. long-term unemployment benefits for about two million jobless americans are also set to expire, and $110 billion worth of spending cuts to both domestic and defense prog
. that is the last day of fiscal cliff talks. the president departed hawaii to return to washington, where it is not just the temperature that is chillier. talks cooled over the holidays over how to avoid the massive tax hikes. they are set to begin in just a few days. >> taxes are going to go up no matter what. they could go up a lot more, and that is where the political hit comes. >> house republicans point the finger at the other chamber, saying the senate must act on a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff. a spokesman for harry reid some are blaming the gop for the holdup. no further legislation can move unless republicans drop their knee-jerk obstructionism. if the country falls off the fiscal cliff, it may feel gradual at first, except on wall street. >> the reaction from the financial markets and the stock markets -- you could see something quick. >> a top ceo is hoping to jolt them into action. he wants employees to write " come together" on the coffee cups. >> i am maintaining my optimism that we will see the republicans and administration come together and do what is right for the coun
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, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together both in the nation and in washington, that would be a good thing. >> all right. top of the hour. good morning. 6:00 on the east coast, it's wednesday, december 19th. christmas is almost here. >> very respectful dialogue. the nra had a respectful statement. i think a lot of people showing respect on this. >> feel something may be be happening. >> feel some grown-ups, maybe. there are, of course, exceptions. >> there are a few. we have mike barnicle with us. you're not an exception. beautiful piece in "the daily news" today. we'll read that in must read. thank you very much. former treasury officials. mark ratner is with us as well. he has a must read. i'm serious. >> beautiful. >> also in washington, washington anchor for "bbc world news america" katty kay. >> no pieces, sorry. >> you'll write one next time. thank you. so we've got a lot to get to this morning. >> a lot to talk about today. >> those exceptions, what are you talking about? >> just in the conversation about everything you thought there were two exceptions. >> rick perr
in washington, d.c. good morning, i'm gregg jarrett in "america's newsroom.". patti ann: freight to be with you again, gregg. i'm patti ann browne in for martha maccallum. there is little to no progress reported in making a deal to avert across the board tax hikes for 90% of american households. president obama on his way back to washington right now but not all the lawmakers are there and if congress and the president do not reach a compromise before january 1st many analysts say the economy will slide back into a recession. gregg: mike emanuel is live on capitol hill. mike, any indication of the president's next move? >> reporter: well, gregg, last time we heard the president talk about the this matter he said he was calling on congressional leaders to essentially make sure taxes do not go up on middle class americans. presumably that would be a package that continues the bush tax cuts for those making up to $250,000. he would also like to continue emergency unemployment benefits for two million americans. and beyond that, details are kind of murky at this point. so we await the president to
. >> sorry, mom. meredith: it works, no matter what. a senior analyst from washington, d.c. brought along your friend kim in the audience. nice to see you, kim, as well. all right, jangela. however you got the name, you wear it very well. let's see the money in your round one. and there's all that money. now, computer, please randomize the money. and that's all hidden. here are the categories to your questions, and, computer, please randomize the questions. and now let's see where your double money is. ooh, it's the fourth question up. very close. that could be worth as much as $50,000 if there's 25,000 behind it. now that everything is all shuffled, are you ready, jangela? >> it's so surreal. yes, i'm ready. meredith: it is surreal. folks, are you ready? [cheers and applause] then let's play "millionaire." [fanfare plays] all right, first question. "heteropaternal superfecundation" is the technical term to describe twins who have what? same eye color, different fathers, mirror image traits, different genders.o say diff >> hmm. i want to say different fathers. i'm gonna go with b-- differ
, windy in new york city and long island, washington, detroit, memphis and out west san francisco with a different storm system impacting that region. right now moving forward you can see heavy bands of snow throughout indiana and illinois, sliding to the east and we have severe weather breaking out, i've been tracking the thunderstorms all morning long and they are strong and intense across parts of the chair lie in as. notice the red and the green that indicates higher cloud tops, we're getting intensity and rain and it's that part of the country we're watching out for severe weather. we may see tornadoes break out. today we're looking at heavy snow across illinois, indiana and ohio, it could be a foot or more moving forward and two areas of pennsylvania and new england tomorrow. this storm is not over yet. >> all right, bonnie, thanks so much. >>> now we turn to the bizarre and trangic shooting in upstate new york on christmas eve. two firefighters were shot and killed after responding to a call that a house was on fire and this morning we're learning more about the shooter, hi
.m. and we'll come back to washington, d.c. sunday evening, 6:30 p.m., no later than. >> let's talk about the senate minority leader, mcdonnell, saying hopefully there's time to get this fixed. is there time? >> i think there is. you know, we have done our business in the house of representatives. we have sent a bill to the senate which says we will keep all these tax rates where they are and the senate must act on that bill. that election. -- legislation. we don't need to talk about people getting together in a room to come up with a deal. we need to do that which is pragmatic and keep the money in the pockets of the american people. right now the spending problem we have in washington, d.c. is affecting this country. we have not had a budget passed by the senate in the last three or four yours. we're telling the american people they have to tighten their bootstraps but we do not want to do that in washington, d.c. we have a federal reserve printing more money to the tune of $45 billion a month to buy up treasury bonds, which is a failed monetary policy which shows this economy is not on
until the fiscal cliff. president obama catching a flight back to washington where there's doubt that a deal can get done in time. good morning, everybody, for a thursday morning. very early, 5:00 a.m. on the east coast. welcome to "early start." i'm alina cho. >> i'm drew griffin. john and zoraida are off today. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. a deadly winter storm system slamming the northeast after hammering the nation's heartland. look at this radar, system serious snowmaker. it's packing destructive winds, six states under winter storm warnings right now. pennsylvania, new york, massachusetts, new hampshire, vermont and maine. all could see a foot of snow or more. more than 200,000 customers spanning several states already without power. 1,700 plus flights canceled yesterday. imagine that. hundreds more already taken off the board this morning. there are six deaths being blamed on the weather since tuesday and the threat hasn't passed yesterday. bonnie schneider, meteorologist checking the system from the cnn center in atlanta. first, we go to ennis standing by in miserable, sno
williams, nbc news, washington. >> what is open today if you need to get out of the house? and an epic fail on one of the biggest movie batching weeks of the year. your first look at this morning's business head lies lines is straight ahead. >> and which new flicks are hitting the screen. are you watching "first look." because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> happy holidays. welcome back to "first look." some stories making
connell and john boehner representing the republicans. brianna keilar is live from washington. is anybody optimistic that a deal could be done today around a table? >> i will tell you the optimism is sort of sinking. senate majority leader harry reid said he doesn't see how it can get done by january 1st. we heard from president obama before he left from his vacation that he was optimistic. logistically the white house will tell you it's possible. when you listen to what you're hearing some of these congressional leaders say, there's a lot of posturing laying blame to the other side if we do go over the cliff. take a listen. >> republicans are not about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies, watching their kids play soccer, basketball, doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> now, house speaker john boehner is saying the senate needs to just take up a house pass bill that has already passed t
cliff deal. and is it mitch mcconnell to the rescue. live in washington on the 11th hour negotiations. >> and did you know about to fall off the dairy cliff? >> juliet: have you seen the prices? >> dave: as high as 8 bucks a gallon for milk. >> clayton: oak ridge boys bush. special number tribute for number 41. "fox & friends" begins right now. >> am i wrong about that don't the have a deep voice? ♪ >> oak ridge boys have been on this show many times on "fox & friends." >> good morning, everyone. >> dave: good morning. juliet huddy celebrating an early new year's eve. is it new year's eve? >> juliet: sparkly shoes and everything. i feel like we are waking up at 4:00 in the morning on saturday i better be festive. >> clayton: that's what woke me up this morning. >> juliet: this is a beautiful set it has inspired me. >> dave: it's spectacular. >> juliet: it is. >> dave: it's fiscal cliff time. couple of days away. rare i wake up and say i'm moderately optimistic but that's what the president said. you are either optimistic or you are not. the president said he is modestly optimistic a
in washington right now. >> the biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the debt in a serious way. but the way they for behaving, their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> this deal won't affect the debt situation. it will be a political victory for the president. i hope we will have the courage of our convictions when it comes time to raise the debt ceiling to fight for what we believe as republicans. but hats off to the president. he won. >> south carolina senator lindsay graham and president obama -- the state of our fragile economy. president obama made his final argument, placing the blame squarely on congress, specifically, house republicans, mr. obama is cautiously opt mifertic that lawmakers will reach a watered-down deal, but no mention of debt, tax reform or entitlements. i'm shannon bream. the senate will convene in an hour. we have team coverage on capitol hill and at the white house. we start with mike, live on capitol hill. what's the latest on republicans? and how are they reacting to the comments we heard from
at the white house, washington lawmakers working furiously today to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff. but can they do it in time? >>> and family feud. a college student fed up with what she calls her meddling, overbearing parents goes to court to get them to back off. now, she has a restraining order. today, saturday, december 29, order. today, saturday, december 29, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm cain for lester holt. just when you thought it was safe to go out, another storm is hitting the east coast. >> there won't be as bad as the storm that spun off tornadoes and dumped heavy snow across the northeast and the east this week. it could certainly impact holiday travel. we'll have the latest coming up in a moment. >>> also ahead, in the wake of the sandy hook school tragedy, a new plan from the controversial sheriff in arizona. he wants armed volunteers to patrol the schools there. we'll get into that debate. >>> then, we'll share with you a romance story 20 years in the making. it began
being arrested for dui in washington. virginia police say republican mike crepo had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit. >>> former president george h.w. bush may be spending christmas in the hospital. doctors say he's in stable condition but needs to build up his energy. >>> christmas prayers are going out to nelson mandela. south africans are sending warm wishes to the ormer leader. he's been in the hospital for more than two weeks with a lung infection and gal stone surgery, as well. he's in no imminent danger but doctors want to make sure before releasing him. the icon is 94 years old. >>> now we turn to britain, where thousands of christmas travelers are having a rough go today. flooding has shut down train service in many areas, especially in scotland, southwest england and south wales, as well. in highways there impassable. drivers have been warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary. and more rain expected later today. >>> severe flooding is a problem in northern california. highways in sonoma california are under water. and up in the mountains, up to f
together to fin common ground. not grounds, ground. >> all of the bickering in washington, all it will take is a cup at starbucks, i think it will push everybody over the edge. get a deal. >>> ahead, a u.s. marine who languished in a mexican prison for months, gets to spend the holidays at home with his family. >>> coming up, we'll talk to one of the lawmaker who's helped win his release. you're watching "starting point." ♪ everybody well don't you know it's me now? ♪ ♪ yeah who's it, who's it huh? ♪ ♪ willy's back with a brand new beat now, ♪ ♪ yeah doin' it doin' it up! ♪ heyyy yeah, tryin' to bite my style! ♪ ♪ heyyy yeah, how you like me now? ♪ ♪ na na na na na na na na ♪ and everybody go uh! time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] no
been wasted. >> steve centanni kicks off our college tonight from washington d.c. steve, where exactly do we stand tonight? >> well, harris, democrats are hoping republicans to raise taxes on the wealthy and the republicans are accusing the white house of wasting time. and saying that he didn't have a serious proposal when he reintroduced a plan to reduce 4 trillion dollars. >> the president asking for 1.6 trillion dollars worth of new revenue over ten years, twice as much as he's been asking for in public. his system spending in here that exceeded the amount of new cuts that he was willing to consider. it was not a serious offer. >> but so far it's the only white house offer on the table, a starting point for further negotiations, one would assume, harris? >> not to sound pessimistic, but it's a fact, even if he reached a deal tonight, it would tough to meet that deadline by the end of the year, because there's red tape profit to deal with. >> that's right, it takes time and time to get the legislation drafted and passed and to get it scored by the congressional budget office to deter
to 135 miles per hour. >>> president obama is back in washington this morning hoping to pull the country away from the "fiscal cliff." he took the red eye from hawaii overnight. senators are set to work today on a plan to avoid the so- called "fiscal cliff." but house gop leaders say they will not return to washington unless the senate passes a bill. with no deal on the horizon, a new poll finds the gop gets the biggest share of the blame for the stalemate. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> even starbucks is gettingismy for an agreement. its employees are writing "col together" on coffee cups in d.c. to try to encourage compromise. >>> hawaii's lieutenant governor brian shots will replace the late democratic senator daniel inouye who died of respiratory complications last week. on the day he died he wrote to the governor asking for a female representative to replace him. she made it to the final round of consideration but did not win the nomination. >>> and former president george h.w. bush is in intensive car
. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. >>> in the "washington post," protecting the innocent. we have time for one must read. one way we try to beat down death with a stick is by turning helpless horror into a familiar cause. it's discrediting to any cause when advocates steal someone else's grief for their own ideological use. in this case, the search for political implications of project is unavoidable. it's the primary purpose of government to protect the innocent from the evil. in fnewtown, connecticut, none could be more innocent, none could be more evil. this is not the threshold for government action. the relevant question is what policies could reasonably be argued to reduce the likelihood and severity of such incidents over time. okay. who wants to -- >> jon. >> i just wounder what the 43rd president makes of all of this. george w. bush has stayed quiet. the assault weapons ban expired during his pretty. i wonder with perspectirospecti distance and his post 2006 post thumping views, i wonder what he -- whether he agrees or disagrees with his former speec
. maybe sequestration is going to happen so for that let's go to washington. >> juliet: all right. tick-tock, tick-tock, time is almost up for lawmakers as we say to avert the fiscal cliff. they worked throughout the weekend in hopes of hammering out some sort of deal. >> dave: peter doocy is live in washington and we hustle you over to the capitol. and what is the latest, do you think we'll get something done? >> reporter: dave, we were told late in the evening that legislative staff was going to work through the night, but the only principal we heard from was mitch mcconnell who said he and his democratic counterparts have been trading paper all day saturday, but the only big news, mcconnell cared to share with us, in the state he represents, kentucky, louisville beat the university of kentucky by three and meanwhile, the officially republican weekly address features another republican senator explaining once again why a deal before monday night's deadline is so important. >> at a time when our federal debt's topped 16 trillion dollars, it's been more than three years since the senate
over gun control in 20 years. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >> what is open today if you need to get out of the house? and an epic fail on one of the biggest movie watching weeks of the year. your first look at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. plus a look at which new flicks are hitting the big screen. you are watching "first look" on msnbc. >>> happy holidays. welcome back to "first look." some stories making news this morning and some sad news to report to you. charles durning who was often called the king of character actors has died in new york at the age of 89. durning was nominated for an oscar for his over the top performance as a corrupt governor in the 1982 it's the best little whorl house in texas." a year later he got a nomination for "to be or not to be." jack klugman died monday afternoon in los angeles at the age of 90. clug man starred as a medical examiner in the tv series quincy," but he is perhaps best known for his role as felix unger's sloppy roommate oscar madison in the tv version of the who had couple". at the vatican, the pope led hi
, and you do, too, because we've seen it repeated because this gridlock in washington, you know, sort of elicits a national eye roll. but we should point out that the issues they're fighting over are the fundamental dividing lines between the two parties. and the reason it has been so hard for them to reach any kind of agreement is because they're arguing about the role of government, bigger or smaller. tax cuts, yes, or more of a social safety net for people? those are the basic foundational issues that define democrats versus republicans. and so while both sides have tried to make noises toward reaching a deal, they fundamentally break down over these divide over ideas. and so these are big issues. they're arguing about right now, suzanne. >> all right. jess, give us an update, if there's any progress from that afternoon meeting. we know they'll at least be sitting in the same place. maybe they'll come up with something. thanks. >>> some u.s. companies are now seeing a big jump in exports to china, of all places. this is part of a growing demand of products made in america. our magg
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